Tulips analysis

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Thematic concerns

  • Nature
  • Self/Identity
  • Memory
  • Tulips

Form & Structure

  • 7 line stanzas with one 14 line - give external implications of stability and order - paragraph about tulips obviously unbalancing her sense of order (14 line stanza)
  • Free Verse - internally there is a lack of control
  • End-stopped stanzas implies a sense of clarity that Plath rarely expresses
  • Chronology to the poem - starts with a sense of order that is then disrupted by the tulips
  • Title is misleading as it gives connotations of spring/new life
  • Ends on ambiguos sentence - semantic field of cleansing…

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